Rules & Organizations

The ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. 
Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim as 
The American Radio Relay League, ARRL is a non-commercial organization of radio amateurs. ARRL numbers within its ranks the vast majority of active radio amateurs in the nation and has a proud history of achievement as the standard-bearer in amateur affairs. ARRL’s underpinnings as Amateur Radio’s witness, partner and forum are defined by five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership. 

A bona fide interest in Amateur Radio is the only essential qualification of membership;  an Amateur Radio license is not a prerequisite,  although full voting membership is granted only to licensed radio amateurs in the US.

As the national association for Amateur Radio in the United States, ARRL:
Supports the awareness and growth of Amateur Radio worldwide;
Advocates for meaningful access to radio spectrum;
Strives for every member to get involved, get active, and get on the air;
Encourages radio experimentation and, through its members, advances radio technology and education; and
Organizes and trains volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications.